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Name Joe Cole
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc Outrageous talent and skill some may argue was never fulfilled. But Jose Mourinho nurtured him with tough love at Chelsea, where he picked up three Premier League titles. He peaked in 2006, playing an integral part to that title-winning side, winning himself a place in the PFA Team of the Year and starring for England at the World Cup. His best moments arguably both came against Man United: the solo goal at Stamford Bridge to clinch the title in 2006 and the clever flick to break the deadlock at Old Trafford in 2010 - which would prove to be pivotal as the Blues won the title again that season

Affiliation

Org England National Team
Club as Player Chelsea FC
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2017 01 28 Retrieve

[Joe Cole thinks Eden Hazard will have a place in the club’s history] I think he’ll go down as Chelsea’s greatest player. He’s certainly the most talented all-round footballer I’ve played with and he’s already a hero with the fans. I hope he stays there for the rest of his career. My first game in France with Lille, [then-coach] Rudi Garcia was saying to me, ‘we’ve got this good kid, Eden Hazard’. He said ‘I want you to play with him’. And then he scored two of the best goals you’ll see within 20 minutes and I thought, ‘I don’t know if I’m good enough to play with him’

2018 04 07 Retrieve

[Joe Cole writes a farewell message to Ray Wilkins] Most of all mate I will miss bumping into you and catching up and I always left your company with a smile on my face and a spring in my step. You will always be ‘dangerously well’. They don’t make them like you anymore Raymond

2018 11 24 Retrieve

[Joe Cole, when asked about the best he had played with] All the English players. Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Wayne Rooney. Then you have the foreign players, Arjen Robben, Eden Hazard; I could go on forever. But if my life depended on it and I had to pick one, I still think it is Hazard that is the best I’ve played with. He was 19 in France and he was just so talented. I look at players and try to break them down into what they’ve got and he just had everything. But also the stuff that is unquantifiable. His heart, what he was about in games, was he there in the big moments? He was just a great player

2019 11 27 Retrieve

[Joe Cole gives real reason Frank Lampard dropped Fikayo Tomori vs Valencia. The former attacking midfielder says Valencia do not possess the pace the likes of City have in attack, which is why Lampard opted to go with Christensen instead of the quicker Tomori at the back] Runs in behind [is the best way to exploit Chelsea]. They set up to have the ball and keep possession, so when you do that you’re playing in an expansive way. Rodrigo in particular is going to have to run in-behind. His movement’s great, his timing’s good, he’s always in there and he’s probing. Valencia are a team that will try and overload. I doubt whether they’ve got the power in their legs, the sprinters in the team